Mental health and driving connection
Venson Automotive Solutions is launching its new white paper, which looks at the connection between mental health and driver safety at work.
Titled ‘It’s good to talk: caring about mental health’, the white paper looks at the causes and symptoms of stress, in relation to driving behaviour at work and dealing with productivity demands and increasing workloads.
In the white paper, Venson highlights that employees suffering from stress are 50% more likely to drive dangerously. This underlines the need for employers to consider stress and mental health as a key focus of their driver safety policy.
Mental health problems are the leading cause of absence from work in the UK, accounting for around 70 million lost work days and costing £35bn. The pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture, in the UK, is one of the biggest contributors to stress among the general population.
However, Venson’s white paper outlines that there are other key contributors to stress, such as financial wellbeing, relationships, moving house, bereavement or the risk of unemployment.
Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people undertake, ranking as more dangerous than working in the construction industry and being on a par with mining, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
RoSPA says that employers ‘should include’ driving for work within the scope of their stress risk assessments.
‘Managing the driver, vehicle and journey are the main areas employers need to focus on, when it comes to the safety of their drivers, but all too often mental health is overlooked,’ explained Simon Staton, director of client management for Venson Automotive Solutions. ‘This white paper outlines the challenges facing businesses and asks them to question if their drivers are sufficiently fit and healthy to drive safely and not put themselves and others at risk.’